Subject: strictly fyi: events AL, CO, PA
From: Nik <>
Date: 2/14/2012 10:31 AM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:

(1) 14th Annual: Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence (Feb. 19; Montgomery, AL)

(2) Statewide Convening on LGBT Youth (March 10; Boulder, CO)

(3) Central Pennsylvania Consortium Annual Women€™s Studies Conference (March 31; Gettysburg, PA)



(1) 14th Annual: Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence

Friends, sometimes we forget how far we've come. Next week we remember Billy Jack Gaither who was brutally murdered in Alabama because he was gay. On February 19, 1999 his throat was cut and his body bludgeoned before being thrown on top of a pile of tires and set on fire. He was thirty-nine-years-old and worked at the Russell Athletics apparel company near Sylacauga, Alabama. Every year since, outraged citizens have assembled on the capitol steps in Montgomery. Join us as we demand more from our legislators. Why? Because lesbian and gay people are the 3rd most targeted victims yet Alabama€™s hate crime law still excludes crimes based on orientation and identity. In 14 years have we learned nothing from Billy Jack Gaither? The event is free & open to the public.

Speakers include:

Sam Wolfe - civil rights lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center

Patricia Todd - associate director of AIDS Alabama and is the first ever openly gay elected official in the state of Alabama.

James Robinson - established GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services

Sara Couvillon - was told by Hoover High School officials that she couldn't wear a T-shirt that read, "gay? fine by me." The resulting firestorm of media and community support quickly forced the school to reconsider. "It isn't easy being singled out, but if I can give someone else the courage to be who they are then it's worth it to me."

Info: Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 4pm

600 Dexter Ave

(Alabama State Capitol)

Montgomery, AL 36130




(2) Statewide Convening on LGBT Youth (March 10; Boulder, CO)

The Statewide Convening on LGBT Youth brings together people who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people to learn about their unique needs and experiences. Convening participants will have access to the latest tools and resources to develop skills for serving and addressing the concerns of LGBT youth. The day-long program includes an engaging panel of young LGBT people; sessions on health and wellness, legal issues, transgender youth, and bullying intervention strategies; and a keynote address from Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. The Statewide Convening on LGBT Youth is hosted by One Colorado Education Fund and the National Education Policy Center at the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder with Co-Chair Governor John Hickenlooper.

When: Saturday, March 10 8:30 €“ 4:00 p.m.

Where: University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado Boulder (1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302)

Early registration is now open! Click here to reserve your spot at this important training today!



(3) Central Pennsylvania Consortium Annual Women€™s Studies Conference (March 31; Gettysburg, PA)

The Central Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC), comprised of Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, and Gettysburg Colleges, sponsors an annual conference on women's studies. The theme of the 2012 conference, held at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA, is "Gender, Sexuality, and Poverty€¯. The issue of poverty is particularly relevant in these times of global economic crisis, and scholars in women€™s and gender studies are interrogating how gender hierarchies, gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation, intersect with political economic processes to shape people€™s opportunities and access to resources. The keynote speaker will be Dean Spade, Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for gender non-conforming people focusing on people of color and poor people.  (I will be presenting a paper on the experiences of marginally-housed queer young adults in a neoliberal state!)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

8:30 a.m. €“ 4:30 p.m.

Gettysburg College

Free and open to the public, but registration is necessary.

Click here to register.






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